Specific: What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished?
Measurable: How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached?
Achievable: Is it possible? Have others done it successfully? (But remember not to compare your own successes to others! Use role models and inspirations as a point of reference.) Do you have the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal? (If not, how can you go about doing so? Would tutoring or academic coaching bet to your benefit?)
Results-focused: What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal? What is the result (not activities leading up to the result) of the goal?
Time-bound: What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency? Are you allowing yourself enough time to accomplish this goal?
If you’re ever in need of figuring out what your goals are and how to achieve them, feel free to stop by the Division of Student Success where we can help you with a variety of topics including academic achievement, study abroad fulfillment, and career guidance!